Governments of Canada and Manitoba join forces to launch BizPaL in the Town of Winnipeg Beach

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Free online business permit and licence service saves time, cuts red tape and helps entrepreneurs

October 20, 2017 – Winnipeg Beach, Manitoba

Starting and running a business in the Town of Winnipeg Beach, Manitoba, just became easier thanks to BizPaL, an online business permit and licence service that saves time spent on paperwork and helps entrepreneurs start up faster.

The Honourable Bardish Chagger, Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Minister of Small Business and Tourism, and the Honourable Blaine Pedersen, Manitoba’s Minister of Growth, Enterprise and Trade, are pleased to announce the implementation of BizPaL in the Town of Winnipeg Beach, located in the Interlake Region of Manitoba. This announcement was made during Small Business Week, an annual event that celebrates and promotes Canada’s entrepreneurs and small and medium-sized enterprises (SME).

BizPaL saves time and money for entrepreneurs and business owners searching for information. Users can simply select the business activities they plan to undertake, and BizPaL automatically generates a list of required permits and licences from federal, provincial and municipal governments, along with basic information on each. The list provided also includes links to the various government websites where entrepreneurs can learn more and, in some cases, apply online.

BizPaL is managed across the province through Entrepreneurship Manitoba as part of its mandate to accelerate innovation and entrepreneurship in urban, rural and northern Manitoba by supporting start-ups, developing entrepreneurial leadership capacity and ensuring programming that supports SME growth.


“Small businesses are key drivers of economic growth and are crucial to Canada’s long-term prosperity. Initiatives like these allow entrepreneurs to continue to focus on what they do best: growing their businesses and creating jobs for Canadians from coast to coast to coast. We will continue to work with all levels of government to support Canadian businesses so they can grow and create jobs to build a strong middle class.”

– The Honourable Bardish Chagger, Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Minister of Small Business and Tourism

“Reducing red tape for entrepreneurs supports growth and innovation in our economy, and creates opportunities in communities throughout the province. We are pleased to celebrate Small Business Week in Manitoba by expanding BizPaL to another community.” 

– The Honourable Blaine Pedersen, Manitoba Minister of Growth, Enterprise and Trade

“BizPaL provides an excellent tool for entrepreneurs to access the pertinent information they need to open and operate a business in our community. The council of the Town of Winnipeg Beach is pleased to partner with governments on this initiative.”

– Tony Pimentel, Mayor, Town of Winnipeg Beach

Quick Facts

  • BizPaL, a unique collaboration between all levels of government, helps entrepreneurs find out which permits and licences they require to start and grow their businesses.

  • Winnipeg Beach signing on to BizPaL brings the number of local governments in Manitoba involved in this program to 66.

  • Small and medium-sized enterprises are the foundation of the economy, accounting for 99 percent of all businesses in Canada.

  • All provinces and territories are participating in BizPaL, with 934 municipalities and one First Nation offering the service, making it available to 79 percent of the Canadian population.

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Jonathan Dignan
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister of Small Business and Tourism

Media Relations
Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

David von Meyenfeldt
Press Secretary
Manitoba Government

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